Parmesan Crab Hamburgers


Parmesan Crab Hamburgers

So after having to pretend to be Cyber Woman today (and it really is pretend!) my computer is once again functioning.  New mouse, new speakers and that pesky cord that needs to be plugged in so the keyboard actually functions is now back where it belongs.  It has been a long day.

But, I had two packages of crab meat that I needed to use the other night before the use by date passed.  It is close to the end of the month so I really didn’t want to run out to the grocery store if I didn’t need to.  I figured that I could make something from the ingredients we had on hand.

I remembered a topping I used on Tilapia about 6 months ago and decided to try something similar on a hamburger.

Verdict:

A very rich, decadent burger.  I need to be careful not to over cook the burgers because I did put them in the broiler for a few minutes to melt the topping and brown it slightly.

It had great flavor and one of my kids was asking for me to make it again next week.  I think overall it is a success.

I served this with corn, green beans and green salad.

Parmesan Crab Hamburgers - Uncooked

Parmesan Crab Hamburgers waiting to go into the broiler.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 8 oz crab meat, picked through to remove any hard bits
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 2 tsp hot pepper sauce (more or less to taste)
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Mix crab meat, mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, onion, hot pepper sauce, salt and pepper in a bowl.  Once thoroughly combined cover and place in refrigerator at least an hour or overnight.  It is much better if it can set up to 12 hours to allow the flavors to meld.
  2. When ready to make your hamburgers  mix ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper in a bowl until well combined.
  3. Form into 8 patties slightly indented in the center of the burger and higher on the outside.
  4. Cook burgers in your usual manner.
  5. Once burgers are just about cooked through remove from heat.
  6. Prepare a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and preheat oven to broil.
  7. Place 1/4 to 1/2 cup of crab mixture on top of each burger.  Press down lightly.  (You may have extra topping left that you can bake at 350 until melted through and eat with pita chips, yummy!)
  8. Place baking sheet in the oven for about 2 minutes.  Watch carefully as the tops can go from lovely golden brown to burnt in the blink of an eye.
  9. Remove from oven when tops are melted and browned.  Allow to sit for a few minutes before serving.

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